Month: February 2017

CPI-ML Land Struggles

Amendments to CNT & SPT Acts : Assault on Land Rights of Tribals in Jharkhand

Mr. Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of the BJP led Jharkhand Govt., cannot stop patting himself on the back for a supposedly greatly successful ‘Global Investors’ Summit’ in Ranchi on 16­17th February, 2017. The Summit had 12 Union Ministers in attendance to ensure proper projection of Modi’s ‘Make in India’. It is being claimed that 210 MOUs worth Rs.310,287 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign corporates with an employment potential of over 2 lakh jobs. Obviously no statistics are being revealed as to how much land will be seized from Adivasis and how many of them will be deprived of their agricultural land, forests and livelihood.
Earlier other Chief Ministers have also made many such claims of MOUs many of which did not materialize particularly because of strong movements of Adivasis and other peasants resisting seizure of their lands and refusing to sell. The Raghubar Das Govt., in order to forestall this, has made changes in the CNT and SPT Acts to pave the way for grabbing of Adivasi lands for corporates.
The Chhota Nagpur Tenancy Act,1908 (CNT) and the Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act,1949 (SPT­ based on the Regulation III of 1872) are the basic laws governing rights, both individual and community rights, of Adivasis in Jharkhand on all land in the village ­ agricultural land, village community land, forest land.… Read More

AIKMS Peasants

Gujarat Police lobs tear gas, lathichages 5000 farmers for protesting diversion of Irrigation canal water to Big Industry

CEC of AIKMS has strongly condemned lathicharge and tear gas firing on several thousand protesting peasants of Sanand, Gujarat who were marching to Gandhinagar against the govt. having diverted irrigation water for their fields for Sanand industries. Peasants have been left starved for both irrigation and drinking water and their rabi crop is facing severe drought while big corporates draw the  benefit of Sanand canal water being diverted for them by BJP govt. of Gujarat.
While Sri Modi is conspicuous by his silence on the issue his party and the govt. are not only depriving peasants of water meant for them, but also the right to peacefully represent their problems.
On Feb 14 about 5000 peasants began the march on tractors. They were from 32 villages of the area including Veeramgam, Bavla and Sanand. Led by a DSP police stopped them at Nal Sarovar and brutally lathicharged with even women and children being attacked by men in uniform. When they protested tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse them.  The injured peasants are being treated at Sola Civil Hospital. However Ansari has claimed injuries to 7 policemen and none to the civilians. He has taken 20 peasants into custody under various allegations.… Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

Use of UAPA Against Activists of Bhangar Movement Condemned

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns foisting of cases under UAPA against 11 activists of Bhangar movement in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. People of Bhangar had launched protests against the loss of land and livelihood, and environmental damage due to construction of power grid sub-station of the public sector Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).

Mamata Bannerjee Govt. has mounted a serious attack against this people’s agitation. Police had fired upon the peaceful agitators on January 17 killing two of them and injuring several others. Now the police has arrested 11 activists of the movement including Com. P.S. Thakur and Sharmishtha Choudhary and foisted the black law, the UAPA’s provisions against them. CPI(ML)-New Democracy demands that UAPA provisions should be withdrawn against these activists and all those arrested in connection with Bhangar movement should be immediately and unconditionally released.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has always condemned the black legislation, UAPA, strongly denounces the foisting of cases under this black law against these activists. State Govts. including West Bengal Govt. has been using this black law against the leaders of the people’s struggles.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy supports the struggle of people of Bhangar for their land, livelihood and against deleterious environmental effects of this project.… Read More

CPI-ML Peasants

West Champaran (Bihar) Murder of Com. Siraj Ansari by landlord gang

Com. Siraj Ansari, aged about 40 years, was murdered on February 8, 2017 at about 11 PM by a landlord gang in Katia Matia village in West Champaran district of Bihar. In this village struggle over 40 acres of land is continuing. Out of these nearly 22 acres of land has been captured by landless poor peasants. Com. Siraj was leading this struggle and had been a target of landlord goondas. There have been several attacks on Com. Siraj and other comrades. Attempts were also made to implicate him in false cases.

Struggles for land and against landlord oppression have sharpened in this area over last two years and landless poor peasants are resisting in landlord goonda violence. Many land struggles are continuing in Sikta and Majholia blocks of West Champaran district.

Com. Siraj was a member of Sikta Majholia Area Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and has been working as a full time activist of the Party.

Over four hundred people participated in the funeral procession of Com. Siraj held today i.e. 9th February evening.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy pays its homage to the martyr comrade and vows to intensify peasant struggles against landlords and their goondas, to resist their attacks and to mobilize the peasants in large number in their struggles.… Read More

Caste Oppression Peasants

Bihar: Landlords Torture Dalit and MBC Youth

Rohtas district in Bihar has witnessed a heinous torture of one MBC and a Dalit youth by landlords. In the village Nauvan under Dinara police station dominated by Kurmi landlords and JD(U) MLAs are elected from this area i.e. Dinara and Kargahar in which landlords of this community dominate. The area has also been notorious for atrocities on landless poor peasants and massacres e.g. Vishrampur and Akodi Gola have taken place in this area in which landlords of this community and their political mentors had been the perpetrators.

The two rural labourers, namely Suresh Chauhan belonging to Nonia caste, a most backward caste, and Vijay Sharma belonging to Lauhar caste, a caste included among SCs by the State Govt. worked as mason and labourer with a landlord, Patali Chaudhary. When on January 29 these two asked for the money for their labour, Patali Chaudhary and his goondas accused them of stealing battery of his tractor. They were and confined and undressed made completely naked and badly beaten with rods. Hot iron rods were thrust into their private parts causing serious injuries. Their ordeal continued for 6-7 hours in Kurmi Tola. When some persons belonging to Nonia community informed Incharge of Dinara police station of this heinous crime, he did not even bother to go to the spot, enquired from village Mukhia, Ramakant Sah.… Read More

IFTU

Second International Mining Workers Conference Will Commence In Godavari Khani from 2nd February 2017

From the 2nd to the 5th of February, the Second International Mining Workers Conference will be held in Godavari Khani situated in the Singareni coal belt in Telengana. It is being organized by the National Preparatory Committee, consisting of ten unions of India for the International Coordination Group (ICG). The first conference was held in Peru four years earlier. Com. B. Pradeep, General Secretary of the IFTU and member of the ICG is the National Coordinator of the Preparatory Committee.

The International conference is being held in India at a time when our Govt. is accelerating the policy of opening up our natural resources for loot of MNCs and Corporate without virtually any stops. It is also opening up India wide for the Corporate to exploit our labour. Thus the mining sector in India faces contractualization, lowering of wages, poor implementation of safety standards, and increasing privatization in the name of outsourcing,… Read More

CPI-ML

Union Budget 2017-18 : Total Neglect of the Concerns of the People

Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley is devoid of any attention to the problems faced by the common people. It showers further concessions on the MNCs and corporate and increases economic burdens on the people. There are no measures for addressing unemployment and the ills plaguing the major sectors of Indian economy mainly agriculture and industries. Industrial production is stagnant and whatever growth has been registered in agriculture is due to favourable weather conditions. This Budget is marked by total neglect of the main sectors- agriculture, industries, health, education and social sectors.

Mr. Jaitley has acclaimed demonetization and consequent increased deposits in the Banks but the Govt. has used this to lower interest rates whose main beneficiaries will be foreign and domestic corporate. There is no waiver of the loans for peasants, agricultural labourers, small businesses and other sections of poor people. Finance Minister has also not addressed the question of rising NPAs of the Public Sector Banks … Read More

CPI-ML

CPI(ML)-ND Call on Assembly Elections in Five States Expose Anti-People Repressive Rule of Ruling Classes & Undemocratic Elections! Oppose the Ruling Class Parties! Support CPI(ML)-ND Candidates!

Elections to the State Assemblies in five states are being held at a time when the economic crisis of the system is deepening, unemployment is rising and conditions of the people is worsening. These elections are being held at a time when RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre is moving towards imposing fascist dictatorship over the country and towards that end is unleashing jingoist propaganda targeted against Pakistan and is deepening communal division in the country. RSS-BJP Govt. is couching its utmost anti-people acts in the garb of cleansing the system and fighting corruption, is serving big capital including foreign capital … Read More